Red Cross ready with hug, hope, and blanket on CT Giving Day


MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — The American Red Cross helps folks across Connecticut and the world every single day.

People like Marsha Batt.

“It’s so much worse than you can ever imagine,” said Batt.

Batt describes the day she come to find that all was lost.

Her home in Vernon was destroyed by a fire almost a year ago.

“The wind just took the fire, it just started with this one little box – it just grabbed it,” said Batt.

The home was ravaged by the blaze, hardly anything was left.

Clothing, furniture, treasured family memories all reduced to rubble.

What was not missing was help from others, the Red Cross was there.

“I had no idea of this individual help that was available. The people were so nice. Just giving me hugs and everything,” said Batt.

It seems unbelievable, but the Red Cross responds to around two home fires every single day in Connecticut.

Stefanie Arcangelo from the American Red Cross says the organization is there with a huge, hope, and a blanket.

Exactly what Marsh Batt needed.

On Thursday, the need turns to the Red Cross itself.

“On April 21st, it’s our giving day. We are asking everyone to help one family. You can do that by donating $88 and 50 cents and that helps provide some of those basic things food clothing shelter,” said Arcangelo.

A donation that will go a long way, just ask Marsha Batt.

“It was just invaluable, when it finally did hit me when the fire was out, I wouldn’t have known what to do,” said Batt.

Nearly every 8 minutes, the Red Cross meets a family that has lost everything to a home fire or other disaster.

The goal of Connecticut giving days is to raise $50,000, double what was raised last year.